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into the status fear more than 24 miles above new mexico's desert. he was about to become a human missile. >> he's assent lasted 2.5 hours in a capsule hoised by a helium -- hoisted by a helium balloon. the only glitch, his visor fogged up when the heater failed. >> joe kittenjure in mission control was the voice in his year. in 1960, then an air force captain set the free fall record with a dive from 102,000 feet. he's spent years preparing him for this moment. the plunge from 128,000 feet. his preliminary speed popped at 833 miles an hour. the first human in free fall to break the speed of sound. but there was trouble. he went into a potentially catastrophic top spin. he regained control to the relief of every one in mission control. the fall lasted 4 minutes 19 seconds. one minute short of the record. no gymnast has ever stuck a landing like this. >> in four years getting at the same spot and as a young guy sitting next to me and asking for advice just because he wants to break my record. >> the man who fell to earth today like no one ever has. >> that's just incredible. summer is making a co
the balloon that will take him 26- miles above roswell, new mexico. he is in the space suit because he is going to try to break the sound barrier and do the height and speed as he drops down the parachute. >> it will take about three hours to get to the height he is going for, 23-miles in the air. then the defense will begin -- decent will begin. this will be the fastest, furtherrest free fall. >> the balloon taking him up, the distance is 55 stories between him and the capsule. that is rather amazing. he will drop. he says if he has successful on this, it will with his final chute. >> i could be that being final. he will be so high there will be no oxygen in the air. this has been a long time coming. they have been planning for this for some time as you can see. we will continue to monitor it for you. >> that is good. >>> meanwhile back on planet earth -- . >> yes, equally as exciting or mother so if we may -- more so if we may say, game one of the giants taking on the st. louis cardinals at at&t park. yesterday they held separate practice sessions on field. bees around the stadiu
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